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Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the winners of the

2019 TRU Voices

New Musicals Reading Series

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announced the winners of the 2019 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series: Miracolo by Jarlath Barsanti-Jacobs and Emilio Solla; and Seeing Red by Joey Mazzarino and Aron Accurso.The two musicals will be performed on Monday evening January 14thand Monday evening February 4th respectively. Both performances will be at 7pm at the Actors Temple, 339 West 47th Street, New York, NY. Readings are free but reservations are required - please email name and number of tickets requested to TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com, or use the bright red ticketing box at the show websites below.

 

The purpose of the TRU Voices New Musical Reading Series is to (a) help develop new musicals, (b) help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and c) foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work.

 

Miracolo and Seeing Red were chosen from over 40 submissions. The five finalists also included: Douglass by Ruth Fennessey Moss and Shelton Becton, Mary Marie by Chana Wise and Carl Johnson, and Bagels also by Chana Wise and Carl Johnson. 

 

About Miracolo

It's 1895, when science was king and the X-ray machine was introduced. The Roman newspapers are abuzz with the International Surgical Congress and the breakthrough surgery Roberto will perform on his tycoon uncle, but his uncle flees the hospital to an idyllic island off the Amalfi Coast for a miracle healing instead.  Roberto chases after him and by chance, falls in love with the beguiling healer, Apollonia.  Back in Rome, the hospital head plots to use any means to get the uncle and his money to return to the hospital.  The congress, his reputation, and the hospital's survival are at stake. Not to mention Roberto was about to marry his daughter, Teresa.   Do Apollonia and Roberto love enough to bridge the ocean between their worlds?

 

Harold Heno is a 30 year veteran of theatre working as a producer, director and designer. He co-founded the non-profit Found Space Theatre Group in New Orleans. He took over the role of resident designer and technical director for Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. He was lured away from New Orleans by Campbell University in North Carolina to take over as Chair of Theatre Arts and build a new full time Theatre Arts major. He eventually made his way to New York, where he worked for Center Line Studios to create sets for Broadway shows, such as Noises Off, and the New York Opera Association. He worked off-Broadway with the Irish Rep Theatre on productions of Pigtown and The Streets of New York. Drawn back to education, he went to work as Chair of Performing Arts at the Storm King School, an international boarding school, developing a community theatre and becoming Artistic Director of The Canterbury Players. Producing and mounting numerous musicals and plays while in residence, his most notable production was an un-sanitized production of Big River. Most recently, Harold directed the new site-specific immersive experience, The Bloody Deed of 1857, for which he received an award for collaboration by Ken Davenport's Producers Perspective program.

 

Emilio Solla is a world renowned pianist/composer/arranger who tours Europe and America with his tango jazz trio and orchestra. He was nominated for a Grammy for Latin jazz.

Jarlath  Barsanti Jacobs is an award winning advertising copywriter turned playwright, lyricist and librettist. Play: Lunch At Audrey's.  Musicals: Miracoloand Fire Island.

 

Fred C. L. Mann III began his theatrical training at Indiana University. Migrating to New York City, he found himself immersed in the Bob Fosse atelier, appearing in productions of Sweet Charity,  ChicagoDancin', and on the screen in All That Jazz. Beyond dancing, Fred has directed and choreographed diverse presentations in theatre, opera, film, concert dance, television, commercials, and industrial trade shows. Credits include productions of ChicagoPippinFiddler on the Roof, and Carousel, the premieres of A Glimpse of the LightPortrait of a HunchbackJazz Talks, and the world première of Eartha Kitt's Cowboy and the Legend. Fred has worked with Gwen Verdon, Donna McKechnie, Jerry Orbach, Michael York, and Chita Rivera and directors Hal Prince, Ron Field, and Ivan Reitman. Fred also brought his experience to the University of Wyoming as Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance and, more recently, to Alvin Ailey American Dance. 

 

About Seeing Red

Sometimes you have to write your own happily ever after. Seeing Red takes a look at immigration through a fairy-tale lens. In fact, it's about all the things that divide us as humans-religion, borders, race. It's the story of Little Red Riding Hood, now a grown woman who still spends her days delivering baskets full of goodies through her company Red Ex. She wishes she could change her fate but in Everafteropolis, once your story is written, it's written. When Red meets the Man From Nantucket, her life is suddenly turned upside down. He convinces her to smuggle Limerick characters (nameless people from faraway places) over Humpty Dumpty's wall and into her Fairy Tale Utopia. But human trafficking ain't easy and she's going to have to face off against the Big Bad Wolf, the citizens of Everafteropolis and the Great God Grimm himself to save the day.

 

Joey Mazzarino is a writer/director who most recently served as a writer on season 1 of the Jim Carrey project Kidding for Showtime. Before that he directed all 13 episodes of the Julie Andrews' Netflix series Julie's Greenroom

 

Mazzarino spent over 20 years on Sesame Street where he received 22 Emmys in multiple categories (Outstanding Original Song - Power of Yet, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series). Other credits include the films Muppets From Space and the Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.

 

Aron Accurso is a composer/music director who is currently developing Seeing Red, a musical comedy about immigration; We Have Apples, a mental health musical (Theatre Now NY); and The Dogs of Pripyat (NAMT, Jerry Bock Award, Weston, Goodspeed, U of Miami).  He also writes choral music and wrote the children's musical Strega Nona (Weston, Maximum Entertainment).  He was the Musical Director/Incidental Music Arranger for Up Here by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez (La Jolla), Aladdin Jr., andCalvin Berger (George Street).  Broadway: Aladdin (Assoc. MD), Nice Work... (Asst. Conductor), Sister Act (Asst. Conductor), The Little Mermaid (Key 1). aronaccurso.com 

 

Above the Title Entertainment is a production company founded by Tony Award-winning independent Broadway producer Jed Bernstein. Projects have included the off-Broadway critically acclaimed musical revue, Don't Quit Your Night JobPassing Strange, nominated for 7 Tony Awards, the smash revival of Equus starring Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe, the acclaimed Tony-winning revival of "Hair," the critically lauded West End transfer of Duet For One, the first-ever Broadway revival of David Mamet's Oleanna, and the New York, London, and Australian productions of Driving Miss Daisy.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-six year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.

 

 

TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series  | Open: 01/15/18 Close: 02/05/18
Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the

TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series

January 15, 29, and February 5, 2018 at 7pm

at The Actors Temple Theatre

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Serieson January 15, 29, and February 5, 2018 at 7pm at The Actors Temple Theater, 339 W. 47th Street, NYCA "Dollars and Sense" talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. Admission is free. Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com.

 

The purpose of the series is to help develop new musicals, help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. Shows that have been optioned for future development from this industry-focused series include My Life Is a Musical, Volleygirls, The Forgetting Curve, Echoes of Octavia, The Hummingbirds, Pied a Terre and The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

 

"Our submissions continue to reflect the variety of creative expression and diversity that is the TRU community! Our reading series includes a musical comedy set on the Mexican border, Viva Max! with implications for today's America; another set in the South with a country-western sound, Carolina Rising; and a just-for-fun Christmas comedy/fantasy, The Ugly Christmas Sweater. It really is an amazingly diverse group of 'good to go' musicals that we're so proud to present and help move forward into production," said TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata.

 

Viva Max! - January 15, 2018 
A new musical-comedy adventure, with music & lyrics by Skip Kennon (Time & Again, The Last Starfighter, Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco) and a book co-written by Julie Miller (productions include Amigo Duende, Zapata, The MAC Awards Show) & Fred Landau (The Last Starfighter, I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical). The show is based on the novel by Jim Lehrer, who is probably best known for The MacNeil/Lehrer Report and Jim Lehrer's NewsHour on TV, but is also a renowned novelist and playwright. Produced by Yoni Vendriger (Right Before I Go, Sacrifices, Loveless Texas) and Mor Cohen (Shotz!, The New Galileos, Over the Wall). Directed by Evan Pappas, whose numerous credits across the country include Liberty, the upcoming A Letter To Harvey Milk, and Wonderful Town. 


Remember the Alamo? Max will make sure you never forget it! In this new musical comedy-adventure, a young, idealistic Mexican General seeks respect for himself and Mexico by marching his soldiers into Texas in an against-all-odds quest to reclaim the Alamo. The show is based on Jim Lehrer's rollicking satiric novel set 50 years ago, but the story remains current and passionate on 21st-century matters like immigration, gun control, and respect for foreign peoples and their cultures.


The cast includes Broadway's Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away, Sister Act, The Pee-wee Herman Show) as General Max, Savannah Frazier (Amazing Grace) as Paula, William Parry (Groundhog Day, Camelot, Road Show) as President LBJ, Maureen Silliman (I Remember Mama, Shenandoah, Blue Window) as Hattie, Jane Smulyan (The Most Happy Fella) as Lady Bird Johnson, and Michael Cone (Brigadoon, Rags, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme) as Private Ungaro, and Sarah Corey (Prospect's Illyria, Souvenir Stories) as the fiery Carmela, who sends Max off on his quest.

 

Ugly Christmas Sweater, The Musical - January 29, 2017

Book, music and lyrics by Mark William Butler (Mr. Whiskers Goes Viral; Instant Happy!; Attack of the One Acts; Pizza Punks from Outer Space; Patrick's Parade, The Laundry WarThe Nickname Fairy, Bad Christmas Sweater); directed by Richard P. Butler (New works: In the Wilderness; Cat Gets Credit Card!; Instant Happy!; A Brooklyn Bargain Basement Christmas; Bad Christmas Sweater; The Laundry War. Revivals: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Godspell; The Rocky Horror Show); music director Will Buck; presented by John Lant.

 

Holly thinks Christmas is ugly until she wears "the sweater" - and goes on a high-flying storybook sleigh ride with a wacky cast of North Pole characters - including an ugly Christmas sweater that comes alive and helps her navigate her journey from naughty to nice in this fresh, grown-up holiday yarn.

 

Carolina Rising - February 5, 2018

A new country-western musical

Book & Lyrics by Bryan D. Leys (Hell's Belles, La RibaltaHow To Marry A Divorced ManMidsummer Nights, The White Witch of Rosehall, Murder On Broadway, 2017 TRU Voices New Plays Series-Moonshadow); Music by Kevin Kuhn (composer: Midsummer Nights, 66, Harley.  Broadway guitarist: Aladdin, The Lion King, The Who's Tommy); Directed by Joe Barros (Bastard Jones, Cagney, Gigi, Artistic Director/New York Theatre Barn); Music Director: Balint Varga, Stage Manager: Michelle Perri; Presented by Sharon Weiss and Eileen B. Weiss of Tweiss Productions (Hell's Belles, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging, Appendage).

 

Crystal Ann McKay's wild and independent spirit finds no outlet in her town's unending dreariness, but life abruptly changes when a labor organizer arrives from Detroit.   Inspired by true events, Carolina Risingshows how frustration mixed with courage can turn a troublemaker into a hero.

 

Admission is free for everyone. But reservations are requiredPlease reserve at http://truonline.org/tru-voices (click for the show you wish to reserve), or call at least a day in advance for reservations: 212/714-7628, or e-mail TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com.

 

TRU is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 TRU Voices Play Reading Series. For details, and to submit an application visit https://truonline.org/2018-play-guidelines/Deadline for submissions is January 21, 2018.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. 

 

TRU publishes a community email newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater; and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition plus Resource Nights and "Speed Dating." 

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and with support from the Montage Foundation. 

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212 714-7628.

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the TRU December Panel -Beyond Broadway: A Broader Perspective on Developing New Musicals on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC.  For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/understanding-off-broadway/.

 

Many consider the musical the great American art form and a key contribution to our country's culture. So many dream of writing a Broadway hit, but there is a wealth of amazing creativity happening outside of New York. We will look at the rich environments for incubating new works that exist throughout our country, including regional theaters and colleges and universities. Not every show is destined for New York, though many follow a circuitous path that may ultimately lead there. Some shows go directly to licensing, others develop success without ever having a New York production. Is there something to be gained from developing new works beyond the commercial pressure of Broadway? Where do innovative and unconventional works come from? What are some of the other viable markets worth pursuing for new works? Are there current trends? How do audiences differ outside of New York?

 

Speakers will include Ken Cerniglia, Dramaturg and Literary Manager, Disney Theatrical Group; Jason Cocovinis, Director of Marketing, Music Theatre International (MTI), one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theaters from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond; Betsy King Militello, executive director National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), whose 160 organizational members and 40 individual members, located throughout 31 states and abroad, are some of the leading producers of musical theatre in the world.

 

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best one-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door), free for TRU.  Please use the bright red reservation box on this page, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail  TRUStaff1@gmail.com 

 

For more details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-event-category/monthly-panels/.

 

Ken Cerniglia is dramaturg and literary manager for Disney Theatrical Group, where since 2003 he has developed over fifty shows for professional, amateur, and school productions, including Freaky Friday, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre DamePeter and the StarcatcherNewsiesHigh School MusicalTarzan, and The Little Mermaid. Recent freelance projects include Hadestown (New York Theatre Workshop, Edmonton's Citadel), Bud, Not Buddy (Kennedy Center), Passion Trilogy (LMU/Fisher Ensemble), and Bridges  (Berkeley Playhouse). Ken holds a Ph.D. in theater history and criticism from the University of Washington and is president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

Jason Cocovinis is a creative marketing and communications specialist with over 20 years of experience developing strategic campaigns and dynamic content for a wide variety of audiences. Jason joined Music Theatre International in 2008 helping to expand the company's digital footprint, strengthen its third-party marketing services, and unify its brand platforms.  In addition, Jason and his team have launched over 100 musicals to the secondary rights market and introduced several highly-regarded theatrical resources to MTI's worldwide customer base. Prior to joining MTI, Jason was a Creative Director at the experiential marketing agency, Jack Morton Worldwide. In this role, Jason conceived and executed events and communications projects for several of the agency's key accounts in the entertainment, healthcare and technology sectors. Jason began his career in public relations as an Account Executive at Ruder Finn and then moved on to manage the creative services department at Hemming+Gilman Productions, an event management and production firm.

 

Betsy Militello came to NAMT in August of 2011 from Outward Bound where she was Vice President of Development, responsible for an $8M annual fundraising goal. Prior organizations in which she served in non-profit administration and fundraising leadership roles include Hunter College, the NYU Child Study Center, Cooper Union and the Big Apple Circus, and she has also taught at Marymount Manhattan College as an Adjunct Professor in Non-profit Management. Following completion of her undergraduate degree at Harvard, she began her career in advertising; after receiving her Master's degree in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management (with additional coursework in administration at the Yale School of Drama), she worked as a management consultant for Fortune 100 companies prior to moving to the non-profit sector. She also has theatre production experience, primarily in stage management and lighting, in both professional and volunteer musical theatre and opera organizations including Glimmerglass Opera and the Blue Hill Troupe.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. 

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition, Resource Nights and "Speed Dating" as well as actor workshops. 

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district former Council Member Inez Dickens; and with support from the Montage Foundation and the Friars National Association Foundation. 

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.orgor call 212 714-7628.

 


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

Theater Resources Unlimited(TRU) is a twenty-year-old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios. 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the TRU November Panel -Understanding Off-Broadway: Defining and Achieving Success on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC.  For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/understanding-off-broadway/.

 

Off-Broadway was born in the 1950's as an alternative to the commercialism of Broadway, and a more affordable means of getting works (and artists) seen. TRU's July panel looked at the challenges presented by the economic realities of today's off-Broadway. Most of us are well aware of the difficulty of financially maintaining a show in the current economic environment. Perhaps we need to re-evaluate the purpose of off-Broadway. In this much-requested follow-up panel, we will focus more closely on producing models that are working, as well as examine how to best use the 100 to 499-seat theater presentations as part of a development plan, or as a way to increase visibility for your theater company. We will include the periodic performance model and the cross-promotional opportunities they offer, strategies for front-loading audience through limited runs, and consider how not-for-profit companies work and thrive within the off-Broadway paradigm.  Are there still ways to make use of this essential component of our theater culture? Can it provide a useful step in a development plan for new works, and a fertile ground for creating important works of theater? And who is the off-Broadway audience?  

 

Speakers will include Peter Breger, entertainment attorney and chairman of the Off-Broadway Alliance; Charlotte Cohn, actress/writer/producer (Church and State, Handle with Care, Rated P for Parenthood); Jack Cummings III,founding artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Transport Group (Strange Interlude, Inge in Rep, Lysistrata Jones, Once Upon a Mattress, The Audience, Normal); William Franzblau, producer (Sistas, This One's for the Girls, Evil Dead the musical, ILuminate, Jewtopia; on Broadway Wonderland, Say Godnight Gracie); Meredith Lucio, producer (Tony Award-winning Porgy and Bess, Rooms: a rock romance, The 39 Steps, Bedlam Theatre's St. Joan/Hamlet; upcoming: Absolutely Filthy).

 

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best 30-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members;  $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door for non-members. Please RSVP at https://truonline.org/events/understanding-off-broadway/You may also reserve by phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): 212-714-7628, or by e-mailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

For more details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-event-category/monthly-panels/.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. 

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition, Resource Nights and "Speed Dating" as well as actor workshops. 

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislatureand the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district former Council Member Inez Dickens; and with support from the Montage Foundation and the Friars National Association Foundation. 

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212 714-7628.

 


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

Theater Resources Unlimited(TRU) is a twenty-year-old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios. 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

tru Writer-Producer Speed Date  | Open: 07/26/15 Close: 07/26/15
 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), in association with The Actors Temple, present the Writer-Producer Speed Date, The Art of the Pitch, on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:30pm and 6:30pm at a **NEW LOCATION: The Actors Temple, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC** If accepted into the program, the cost is $65 for TRU members and $75 for non-members (and yes, you can always join as a member to qualify for the discount - we'd like that).

 

You meet a producer at a party, and have two minutes to interest him in your work. Do you have the skill to sell yourself? Here's a chance to practice your pitching with real producers who are open to and looking for new work. Okay, they probably won't option you on the spot, but you'll meet them and have the opportunity to start developing a relationship. And that's what this business is all about. Relationships.

 

We'll have eleven producers lined up, from both the commercial and not-for-profit worlds, all with an interest in new projects. July Producer Lineup Includes: Michael Alden - producer (Disgraced, Becoming Dr. Ruth, The King's Speech on stage, Grey Gardens Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy); Frank Calo - indie producer and director (The Believer, Here and There, The Cookout); Neil Danoff - investor (An American in Paris, Elephant Man, The Audience, Something Rotten, Bridges of Madison County, All the Wayupcoming China Doll, On Your Feet); Ed Gaynes - producer (Cougar the musical, Zero Hour, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Fried Chicken and Latkes), theater owner St. Luke's, Actors Temple; Michael Leland - indie producer/director (upcoming: for colored girls... revivalLangston Hughes: An American Celebration, Theatre Double's Just Fall on Our Heads); Veronique Ory - artistic director of The Athena Theatre Company; Ken Waissman - producer (original Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of GodJosephine); Ken Wydro - indie producer (Mama, I Want to Sing), Broadway producer/investor (Something Rotten, An American in Paris, Act of God, Curious Incident...); Frank Zuback/Frank Zuback Productions - a musical and theatrical production company; plus 2 more TBA! For updates and more detailed bios, please visit http://www.truonline.org/WriterSpeedDateJuly15.htm.

 

We will also have three professional coaches on board to help you with your presentation and content. To Apply: Visit http://www.truonline.org/WriterSpeedDateJuly15.htm to download an application, or emailo TRUnltd@aol.com to request the form. Email completed application to TRUnltd@aol.com. Evening limited to 22 writers, deadline to apply is Friday, July 17th at midnight.

 

NOT EVERYONE WILL BE ACCEPTED. We will judge your application based on the viability of the project, your experience as a writer, prior development of the project and the specific interests of the participating producers. If accepted into the program, the cost is $65 for TRU members and $75 for non-members (and yes, you can always join as a member to qualify for the discount - we'd like that).

 

The Actors Temple, Congregation Ezrath Israel, is a place where spirituality meets creativity, where acceptance and inclusion are core principles, and where the enduring values of Judaism translate into human connections. Providing community and self-expression, deeds of loving kindness and caring they look for fresh approaches to enliven worship while maintaining a connection to Jewish roots. Their warm community welcomes all people who are searching for a deepened relationship to God and Judaism, for self-expression, learning, and friendship. All people are included and appreciated. The congregation is progressive and egalitarian, a place where mind, heart, and soul can be nourished. The sanctuary is also an off-broadway theater space, and very much a part of the New York performing arts community.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-three year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition and quarterly

Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens; and with support from the Montage Foundation.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.

 

Broadway-bound musical "Song of Solomon" is offering a benefit performance at the Actor’s Temple’s Annual Charitable Gala on November 17, 2014 at 7:30pm.  The show stars Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Melissa O’Neil (Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar), Jesse Manocherian (Parade) and is presented by Carol Ostrow productions. Created by Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen, the musical is an epic romance based on the biblical tale of the same name set in ancient Israel.  The show’s director is Markus Potter and musical director is Eugene Gwozdz. 

Tickets range from $100-$5,000

To order tickets: Telephone: 212-245-6975 or www.theactorstemple.org

FLAK HOUSE  | Open: 11/03/14 Close: 11/16/14
Starring a cast of new faces, (Amar Biamonte, Nancy Ellen Reinstein, Sean Bennett Geoghan, Travis James, Jeremiah Stanfield, Jordan Sangalang, Victor Albaum, Stefanie Londino and Hallie Wage) playing American WWII bomber crewmen, Red Cross volunteers and a beautiful English psychiatrist; FLAK HOUSE tells the story of the heroic young men who fought World War II in the air high over Hitler’s Germany, and the women who nursed their combat fatigue, helping them to be able to fly again with a week’s stay in a FLAK HOUSE. With original music reminiscent of the 40’s as well as great dancing of the era- -and a love story that could only take place in war-time.  

 

The Lost Boy  | Open: 10/14/13 Close: 10/14/13
Despite finding success and fame as a writer, James M. Barrie is dissatisfied with his work and his life. He returns to his hometown in Scotland to visit his mother, who still blames him for the long-ago death of his older brother in a skating pond. Hanuted by the tragic accident and his mother's harshwords, James slowly begins to confront his family's tragic past with the help of an unexpected friendship and his own gift for storytelling. This fictionalized account of the birth of Peter Pan will warm the hearts of audiences everywhere who remember the magic & mystery of The Boy Who WOuldn't Grow Up.

"Destined to become a classic" ... David S. Skipper, President of Anon; J.M. Barrie Society

Midtown International Theatre Festival Awards Ceremony  | Open: 09/30/13 Close: 09/30/13
 

Midtown International Theatre Festival

Thirteenth Annual Season

AWARDS CEREMONY

Monday, September 30, 2013 at 7pm

at The Actors Temple Theater

 

The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) presents their Thirteenth Annual Season AWARDS CEREMONY on Monday, September 30 at 7pm (ceremony begins at 8) at The Actors Temple Theater, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC.  Tickets are $15 and are available now at www.midtownfestival.org by phone at 866-811-4111. Each paid admission includes tickets redeemable for one beer or wine refreshment or 2 soft drinks. Doors open at 7pm; awards begin at 8pm.

 

The AWARDS CEREMONY will feature performances from participants in the 2013 Midtown International Theatre Festival.

 

The 2013 season nominees are:

 

Outstanding Production of a Play

Division Avenue


How To Make a Robot


Love, Genius and a Walk


Love Stinks


A Serious Person and Then Some

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Angel On My Shoulder


Color of Life


Crazytown: My First Psychopath


The Dark I Know


Motel Rasdell

Outstanding Production of a Short Subject
Funny Stories


Margarita and Max


Our Lord and Savior Seahorse


Nobody’s Bones


Suckerfish

Outstanding Production of a Staged Reading
Another Girl


Brooklyn Moonshine War


Overdose


The Premature Burial


Signal Malfunction


Outstanding Playwright

Miki Bone - Division Avenue


Drew Valins/Franz/Drew/Rotpeter
Gay Walley - Love, Genius and a Walk

Alec Gutherz - The Names
Samuel

A. Simon - The Actual Dance

Outstanding Music & Lyrics
Sachiko Ishimaru & Yasuhiro Ito - Color of Life


Danielle DeMatteo & Caitlin Angelo - Motel Rasdell


James Beaumont & O’Mara Leary & Warren Hill - Angel On My Shoulder


Joe Salem & James Salem - Bending All the Rules


Jude Trader-Wolff - Crazytown: My First Psychopath


Outstanding Direction of a Play
Dean Nolen - Division Avenue

Gregory Abels- Love, Genius and a Walk


Joan Kane - Love Stinks

Ethan Cherkasky - The Shallot


Audrey Alford - Black Ice

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Sachiko Ishimaru - Color of Life

Joe Maruzzo - Angel On My Shoulder

Rachael Brandy - The Dark I Know
Donnie Kehr - Motel Rasdell

Emma Canalese - Hollywood! Hollywood!

Outstanding Direction of a Short Subject or Staged Reading
David Hilder - Margarita and Max
Issac Scranton - Brattleboro

Roark Littlefield - The Violin Maker
Rebecca Etzine - Yesterday Iran Today Iraq

Joan Kane - Iris

Outstanding Costume Design
Colleen Heany - Love, Genius and a Walk

Jaime Torres - Motel Rasdell
Uncredited; Director Billy Marks - The HAT Chronicles

Brittany Merola - The Dark I Know

Anastasia Glebova - The Past Is Still Ahead

Outstanding Sound Design
Kenian Spann - Suckerfish

Daniel Spitaliere - Coffee/Evil


Matt Jenkins - Division Avenue

Bill Toles - A Question of Taste


Jon Roberts - The Actual Dance

Outstanding Scenic Design
Yuka Ito - Color of Life

Uncredited; Director Dean Nolen - Division Avenue


Noeland Collins - Suckerfish


Laura Duncombe - Envoy


Alyssa Manfredo - The Dark I Know

Outstanding Lighting Design
Ayumo “Poe” Saegusa - Color of Life


Uncredited; Director Joe Maruzzo - Angel On My Shoulder


Shane Moan - Yesterday Iran Today Iraq


Uncredited; TD David Ullman - Crazytown: My First Psychopath

Sarah M. Chichester - A Question of Taste

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play (Full Production)
Jordan Falther - Division Avenue


Drew Valins/Franz/Drew/Rotpeter
Jacquay Waller - The Black Man-o-logues


Wayne Paul Mattingly - Samaritans, or Where Is Sylvia

Paul Binotto - Love, Genius and a Walk


Steve Aronson - The Tellin’ Man


Arno Austin - The Tellin’ Man

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (Full Production)
Mary Rasmussen - Division Avenue

Rosie Cosch - Love Stinks


Katy May Hudson - Marilyn
Grace

Lubek - The Shallot
Beverlix

Jean-Baptiste - The Tellin’ Man

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical (Full Production)
Eric Morris - Angel On My Shoulder

Yasuhiro Ito - Color Of Life


John Gardiner - Motel Rasdell

Tyrone Stanley - Soul On Fire


Andrew Pichardo - Bending All the Rules

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (Full Production)
Shino Frances - Color Of Life


Emma Hunton - Motel Rasdell


Sabina Petra - The Dark I Know


Amanda Hart Walker - Enter Singing


Michelle Lynn - Soul On Fire

Shirley Murdock - Soul On Fire

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Short Subject
James Judd - Funny Stories


Damian Maffei - Suckerfish

Andrew Hutcheson - Yesterday Iran Today Iraq


Andrew Blair - The Suitcase


Justyn Skyler Bougeno - Nobody’s Bones

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Short Subject
Laura Lee - Two Women on a Precipice


Christina Toth - Brattleboro

Kim McKean - Margarita and Max


Gina Haver - Over the Hill


Joan Valentina - Teach Me To Cry


Outstanding Supporting Actor

Kevin Sebastian - Samaritans, or Where Is Sylvia?

David Brickman/Marilyn
Eric Rice - Sort of Like Julie….Only Worse


Spencer Aste - Slain In the Spirit


Angelo Andrisani - The Tellin’ Man

Errol Greeves - The Tellin’ Man


Outstanding Supporting Actress
Phylis Rossi Marilyn
Gina Labozetta - The Shallot


Donna Lee Michaels - Teach Me To Cry

Joanna Glushak - Division Avenue

Emily Larger - Motel Rasdell


Emily Swindal - Over the Hill


Katie Curri - Slain In the Spirit

Outstanding Ensemble Performance
The Tellin’ Man


Envoy


Slain in the Spirit


Motel Rasdell


Love, Genius and a Walk


Division Avenue

Outstanding Choreography
Uncredited; Director Sachiko Ishimaru - Color of Life


Greg Graham - Motel Rasdell

Emma Canalese & Emily Vartanian - Hollywood! Hollywood!

Uncredited; Director Audrey Alford - Black Ice


Outstanding Show Marketing & Advertising

Sacrifice


Division Avenue


Enter Singing


The Dark I Know


The Shallot

In addition to the Artistic Awards above, MITF bestows the following prizes:

The Congeniality Award- Awarded to a festival production that excels in demonstrating congeniality before, during, and after the festival process, including efficiency, flexibility, tact, and professionalism. This monetary award is voted on by the Festival crew that interacts with the shows on a daily basis, and presented by MITF General Manager Louis S. Salamone.

Producers’ Awards- This monetary award is awarded to the producers who sell the most tickets and engage in the most inventive marketing, presented by MITF Executive Producer John Chatterton.

In addition to the MITF Awards, the MITF will be presenting awards for the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, held in Feb. 2013 at Roy Arias Studios and Theatres.  The following awards will be presented (nominees listed after each award):

Outstanding Production Overall
GET ME A GUY
LIFE AS A POMEGRANATE
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO HENRY

Outstanding Writing
Israela Margalit, GET ME A GUY
William “Bill” Beasley, WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR?
Joseph P. Krawczyk, MACHO MOMENTS

Outstanding Directing
Christopher Diercksen, GET ME A GUY
Ginette Mohr, LIFE AS A POMEGRANATE
Barbara Brandt, SHOOTING POOL WITH A ROPE

Outstanding Actress
Liv Benger, QUICK BRIGHT THINGS IN CLIP ON TIES
Erika Dianovsky, A CREDIT TO HIS RACE
Lulu Brud, A BABY’S ARM HOLDING AN APPLE
Jennifer Krisch, THAT WOMAN’S CHILD

Outstanding Actor
Alec Aren, SHOOTING POOL WITH A ROPE
Brian Knoebel, PRETTY LITTLE MOUTH
Eddie Kehler, A BABY’S ARM HOLDING AN APPLE
Jack Gilbert, MACHO MOMENTS

Outstanding Production Values
Mira’s Vintage Boutique (costumes), LIFE AS A POMEGRANATE
Audrey Nauman (costumes), LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
(uncredited inflatable couch) CHILD OF FAITH
(uncredited lighting & sound) THE TRAINER

The MITF’s 2013 season ran from July 15 to Aug. 4, 2013 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor and the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor. 

 

John Chatterton, executive producer for the Festival, said “This is the finest turnout for the MITF in 14 years, and I was truly blown away by the quality of the work. I’m proud of this year’s Festival!” Further information about the MITF can be found on the Festival Web site, at www.MidtownFestival.org.

 

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Awake And Sing!  | Open: 04/21/13 Close: 04/21/13
Awake and Sing! The play, set in The Bronx during the depression, centers on the conflicts of an impoverished Jewish family. The parents manipulate the children to their own ends while the children fight to gain control of their dreams. The play’s message still comes across loud and clear during the current economic upheaval whose ramifications have been called hauntingly similar to those of the Great Depression.  

First premiering on Broadway in 1935 and produced by the legendary Group Theatre, the original production sported such names in the cast as Stella Adler, John Garfield, Luther Adler, and Sanford Meisner; directed by Harold Clurman.  Ms. James’ production features its own distinguished names: J.B. Alexander, Athena Colon, Ashton Crosby, Rick Grossman, Morgan Hooper, Irene Hourigan, William B. McAndrews, Andrew Rothkin, and Alan Smith. 

The Actors Temple was founded in 1917 as the West Side Hebrew Relief Association. Its leaders were Orthodox Jews who owned shops in then rough district called Hell's Kitchen. Over time a bond formed between the temple and the Jewish performers of the area. Talent from vaudeville, musical theater, nightclubs, live television and the dramatic stage made the synagogue a true “actor’s temple.” Shelley Winters kept the holy days there; several of the Three Stooges attended services; and Sophie Tucker used to headline an annual benefit for the Temple.

Honestly Abe The Musical  | Open: 02/01/13 Close: 02/08/13

La Muse Venale Acting Troupe presents a musical tale of dreams, possibilities and heartbreak with Robert L. Hecker’s Honestly Abe, shining a bright light on the early, little-known life of President Abraham Lincoln. Set in Indiana in the 1800s and based on historical facts, Honestly Abe uncovers young Abe Lincoln as a lanky prankster who loved to read and who can spin a yarn with the best of them. Abe was close to his mother and sister but his relationship with his father was strained at best. Abe Lincoln dreams of the day he can quit the family farm, leave rail-splitting behind, and become a riverboat captain. But family tragedies, a yearning for revenge by Abe, and the advice of a close friend cause Abe to change his plans. Abe Lincoln is thrust upon a path toward law and politics instead; but not before leaving behind someone in his life whom he loves dearly.


About the Company: La Muse Venale Acting Troupe

Dedicated to creating art through theatre.

Siren's Heart  | Open: 08/05/12 Close: 08/08/12
 

Following two successful Off-Off  Broadway runs this past year (2011), SIREN’S HEART – Norma Jean & Marilyn in Purgatory ~ Norma Jean Sings Songs Marilyn Never Sang, will begin performances on Sunday, August 5th at 2pm at Actors Temple Theatre.  The producer, ASCOLS, LLC, have set the opening for 7pm, August 5th (that same night), 50 years to the day, that Marilyn Monroe died.

 

Lissa Moira directs this one-woman show, written by Walt Stepp  & starring Louisa Bradshaw*. Gregory Nissenserves as Musical Director & Arranger & Don Garverick choreographs. Set Design is by David "Zen" Mansley,Costume Design by Lytza Colon & Ryan Smith, with Lighting Design by William Giraldo.

 

SIREN’S HEART is not the familiar victim narrative about Marilyn Monroe. She is still a living icon in the hearts & minds of millions, but in her own time, Norma Jean was suffocate by the mask of Marilyn & the weight of living up to that impossible ideal of beauty, crushed her.  Imagines another place where we see Marilyn, or Norma Jean, as she might have been; as she wanted to be: the well-rounded, unhaunted person she couldn’t be in her all-too-brief life.

 

Louisa Bradshaw* has a career as an actress & chanteuse that spans the globe, starring in her own show at the premier Berlin cabaret & varieté venues, BarJeder Vernuff & the Chameleon. In NYC, she has worked with TONY Award-winning director/choreographer George Faison on If This Hat Could Talk & starred as the Countess Analise in the Lissa Moira/Richard West production, Who Murdered Love?

 

Director Lissa Moira is also a well-known playwright (Before God Was Invented, Time It Is) & the co-writer of Dead Canaries, a feature film starring Charles Durning, Dan Lauria, Dee Wallace-Stone & Joel Higgins. She is a Susan Smith Blackburn Nominee, OOBR Award Winner & a 2-time Jerome Foundation Grantee. Lissa & Richard West’s DaDa noir musical comedy, Who Murdered Love? will be presented at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC, this August.

 

WALT STEPP  had three plays produced at Altered Stages on 29th Street: Why We Shot Jack (2006), which re-tells the assassination from the point of view of Congressional conspirators; The View from K-Street Steakhouse (2007), which empathized with D.C. lobbyists who know that no amount of charm or cash alone can convince a Congressman, since ultimately, the party decide for its own mysterious reasons & Mark Twain’s Blues, a play of Twainsongs (2008), wherein the author feels guilty about the ending of his masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, because it was such a betrayal of his main characters, so Huck & Jim come back to help him rewrite it.  Last year, Only Love Will Do, a gay/straight romantic comedy, had an extended run at Theater for the New City. Siren’s Heart was inspired by his friend Richard Geha’s, As Marilyn Lay Dying & that’s when Norma Jean as a “woman of a certain age” came to him; not as the pretty teenager we all know, but as the more fulfilled person she always wanted to be.